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Via taraljc. Spoilery as all hell, obviously, being a recap, but if you have seen the movie (or don't mind the spoilers), you really must read.

Cap is definitely my favorite superhero movie of this summer's bumper crop for oh-so-many reasons, most of which are outlined in a hilarious manner in the recap. It's a less sarcastic/snarky mode of hilariousness than we're accustomed to in humorous recaps, as befits the movie's, and particularly Steve Rogers' earnest tone, which the recapper appreciates in much the same way I do:

Steve was chosen for the program because, as a physically weak man, he knows the power of strength better than anyone else. Steve says “Thanks…I think.” It‘s a good thing, Steve! I really like that these actors and the script can make this seem like it isn’t a hackneyed concept. A lot of reviews have discussed the nostalgia inherent in this film, and I think that’s true, but I also think that these ideas that seem nostalgic–earnestness, a desire to do what’s right, the lack of MISERY AND DARKNESS at the hero’s core that explains everything about who he is (Christopher Nolan’s Batman, my laundry hamper is not a good hiding place)–are just things that we’ve forgotten are actually good things as a society. Pop culture is so entrenched with characters that have ~dark secrets~, even the good guys, so somebody like Steve Rogers comes along and we don’t know what to do with him. I’m glad that the movie’s doing well and I’m glad that people are responding positively to him, because sweetness and light is not a sustainable course for films to take, but it really doesn’t hurt to have a hero you can get behind 100% every few years. You can’t get behind Christopher Nolan’s Batman 100%, because he’ll probably kill you in your sleep without even meaning to. That guy’s crazy.

But anyway, go and read, because hilarious and true and generally worth your time.


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Aug. 3rd, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
That was terrific!
Aug. 3rd, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
It really made my day. Glad to share!
Aug. 3rd, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
I have not seen the movie yet, and so am avoiding specific spoilers where I can, but I will remember and return to this. Thank you.

I read Marvel's Captain America for years. I even had a letter published there once (back in the days of letter pages ~g~). When the death issue was published, I hadn't been reading it for years and years, but went to the local comics shop to buy one, and the clerk apologized that they were sold out of the first printing; I had to convince him that, really, I just wanted to read it, and the second printing would be entirely fine for my purposes.

I ♥ good guys.

I did read a NYT editorial last week, though, about how the movie makes a certain important historical social error...
Aug. 3rd, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
I really think you'll enjoy it.

I didn't see the editorial. What was the error? There's one thing I can think of, with regard to the makeup of the Howlin' Commandos, but I was more than happy to overlook it.

Edited at 2011-08-03 04:52 pm (UTC)
Aug. 3rd, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
>"with regard to the makeup of the Howlin' Commandos"

It sounds like you spotted it.

[Minor spoiler warning, to else anyone reading this.] Integration in the movie, segregation in real life.

The author of the NYT piece is African-American, and his grandfather was one of the few African-American soldiers permitted to serve in Europe. He wrote about what one should and shouldn't ask from a summer action flick, but also about what we should ask of ourselves as a society in knowing and acknowledging our own history. His grandfather's real struggles against discrimination are not respected by an alternative history in which no discrimination existed. Happy amnesia, no lessons learned.
Aug. 3rd, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
It's a difficult question, certainly, and one I do wish I'd seen addressed at least somewhat. It's not really a spoiler to say that the HCs come from a conglomeration of Allied prisoners (strong callbacks to The Great Escape) so it wouldn't have taken much to give an overt nod to certain of the Americans having come from segregated units, and to the camaraderie that formed in captivity to supersede the prejudices they arrived with.
Aug. 3rd, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
I so agree! I love Cap SO MUCH. 'Good' doesn't have to be boring and I think they showed that in the movie.
Aug. 3rd, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
This, so much. I'd quite like that to be at least something of a trend.
Aug. 4th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
I just got to see Captain America this past Monday. Yay!!!

Now, truly, I'm not the world's biggest Cap fan. For some reason he just didn't appeal overly much [I don't know WHY, since there's plenty of potential angst with being A Guy Out Of His Own Time], but for some reason I still wanted to see the movie. And ADORED it. Probably better than the hubby did, but then he has a thing about WW2 era in general [I blame his Dad...probably won't get to see 'Cowboys and Aliens' either, 'cause it's got cowboys...**rolls her eyes**].

BUT, I must say, I enjoyed the movie far more than I thought I would. So there. Go Cap!
Aug. 4th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
I've never been particularly into the whole Avengers/SHIELD segment of the Marvel Universe at all. I know basic stuff about them by fannish osmosis and by how they intersected with the X-titles, but Cap was by no means ever a particular favorite character.

This movie, however, rocked my socks.
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